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Christopher Martin, MD

Christopher T. Martin, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon
Specialties and Services
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My Care Philosophy

As an active researcher throughout my medical education and training, I have investigated and published over 40 medical articles and presented original research at national and international spine conferences. Among the many topics are quality and value in the changing healthcare arena, improved patient outcomes while managing risk factors for complications, short-term complication differences between spinal and general anesthesia for knee arthroplasty and rare tumors of the sacrum. This ongoing research, together with being a strong advocate for my patients to become more informed consumers, both contribute to providing better care for my patients.  My overall mission is to relieve pain and restore activity using the least invasive techniques. 

I work to repair any problem of the adult cervical, thoracic, or lumbar spine.


Dr. Martin encourages his patients to be active in their care.  Improved knowledge and awareness can improve outcomes, both with conservative care and also following surgery.

The following is a collection of resources from the North American Spine Society and The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  Please use these resources to learn more about common spinal conditions and their treatments.

Spinal Anatomy and Spine Health:

Anatomy Basics

Common Spinal Diseases:

Low Back Pain in Adults

Back Pain in Children

Cauda Equina Syndrome

Cervical Radiculopathy (Pinched Nerve In The Neck)

Cervical Spondylosis (Arthritis of the Neck)

Cervical Myelopathy (Spinal Cord Compression)

Congenital Muscular Torticollis (Twisted Neck)

Disc Herniation

Idiopathic Scoliosis in Children and Adolescents

Scoliosis Frequently Asked Questions

Kyphosis (Roundback) of the Spine

Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Neck Pain

Sciatica (Pinched Nerve In the Low Back)


Lumbar Spondylosis and Spondylolisthesis

Spinal Deformity in Children With Myelomeningocele

Medical School
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Emory University, Atlanta, GA - Spine
Leadership Roles and Memberships
  • Co-Principle Investigator - “Development and Validation of a Risk Calculator for Short Term Complications after Hip Fracture Surgery,” - 2014
  • Principle Investigator – “Acetabular Prosthesis Protrusion after Medial Acetabular Wall Breach in Total Hip Arthroplasty: A Cadaveric Biomechanical Study,” - 2013
  • Invited speaker for Sirius XM Doctor Radio – 2013
  • Nominated to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society – 2011
  • Honors in Research Designation – 2007
  • College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Academic Merit Award – 2006
  • Wisconsin Alumni Association Outstanding Student Award – 2006
  • Nominated to the Order of Omega Honor Society – 2006
  • Nominated to the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society – 2006
  • Named as Iowa Resident Representative to National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference – 2015
  • Winner of Mid-American Orthopaedic Association Educational Scholarship – 2015
  • Co-author of the Carl L. Nelson Award paper at MAOA Annual Meeting - 2015
  • Winner of the Scoliosis Research Society OrthoPediatric Educational Scholarship – 2014
  • Co-author of Best Clinical Research Presentation in poster category at Mid-American Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting – 2014
  • Russell H. Hibbs Award Finalist at SRS Annual Meeting for a paper – 2014
  • Winner of Best Clinical Research Presentation in the Poster Category at the Cervical Spine Research Society Annual Meeting – 2013
  • Research featured in AAOS Now – 8/2/2013